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This Instructable is for Pier 9 Workshop Users.

The Crucible maintains an excellent list of Bay Area vendors for various materials on their Crucible's Material Resource Page.

Shipping:

  • Shop Users should have all materials and project supplies shipped directly to themselves.
  • Some vendors have a difficult time finding Pier 9. Here is the address that seems to work best:

Autodesk, Your Name
Pier 9, Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111

Large/Heavy Orders:

  • If you plan to order something extra large, something heavy, or that needs to be received with a forklift, please coordinate this with Shop Management in advance: P9Workshop at autodesk dot com

Material Storage at the Pier:

  • Our storage space is very limited, so plan accordingly and order only what your active project requires.
  • Any material stored in the workshop temporarily should be labeled with: Name, Phone Number, Email and Date.

Chemicals:

  • If you are ordering any chemical, resin, paint, epoxy, glue, oil, etc., then you need to make sure it has been approved for use at the Pier:
  • If your material is not on that list, you must request approval by filling out the

Step 1: Wood

Plywood / Hardwood / Lumber


  • Moore Newton
    • Materials : Hardwoods, Slabs, Sheet goods.
    • Phone : 510-317-6500
    • Talk to : Mark Goldberg
    • Location : 2115 Williams St San Leandro 94577
  • WoodBank (Relocated to Oakdale )
    • Materials: hardwoods, slabs, sheet goods and some construction materials
    • Phone 1: (415) 797-9320
    • Phone 2: (415) 431-3600
  • Beronio Lumber
    • Materials: basic hardwoods, plywood, construction grade materials and lumber
    • Phone 1: (415) 641-3234
    • Phone 2: (415) 824-4300
    • Location: 2525 Marin St, San Francisco, CA 94124
  • MacBeath Hardwood Company
    • Materials: excellent selection of hardwoods, exotic woods, slabs, veneers, reclaimed wood and some sheet goods
    • Location - Berkley: 930 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710
    • Phone: (510) 843-4390
    • Location - San Francisco: 2150 Oakdale Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124
    • Phone: (415) 647-0782

Step 2: Metal

Aluminum and Stainless Steel

We only allow 8ft Lengths to be sent to the Pier. If you need lengths that are longer see shop staff.


    • Materials: aluminum extrusion, sheets, and variety of stainless steel
    • Location: 30551 Huntwood Ave, Hayward, CA 94544
    • Phone: (510) 441-6600
  • PDM Steel Service
    • Materials: flat bar, steel, etc
    • Note: This is a big supplier, usually delivering 20 ft long stock. When possible, request your material be cut down for shipping and be brought on a smaller truck.
    • Location: 3500 Bassett St, Santa Clara, CA 95054(408) 988-3000
    • Phone: (408) 988-3000
  • Bayshore Metals
    • Materials: Steel, Aluminum
    • Note: They offer in-house, high definition, CNC Plasma cuts.
    • Location: 244 Napoleon St, San Francisco, CA 94124
    • Phone: (415) 647-7981
  • Tube Service Co

  • Tube Stock, cut to size

Anodizing Aluminum

- A&E; Anodizing (San Jose)

- Metalco Anodizing (Emeryville)

- Amex Plating

- PK Selective

Step 3: Plastic

Plastics and Lasercutter Supplies


Useful info on Acrylic Sheet


  • TAP Plastic
    • Materials: huge variety of acrylics, plastics, great laser cutting supplies, custom colors and sizes, off-the-shelf plastic products or made-to-order, employees have great expertise with challenging questions
    • Location: 154 South Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103
    • Phone: (415) 864-7360
  • Piedmont Plastics
    • Materials : Tons of Plastics in all shapes and sizes.
    • Location : 1969 Davis St San Leandro, CA 94577
    • Phone : 510.746.2200
  • Mr Plastics
    • Materials: solid and sheet plastics, tool supplies, and custom fabrication
    • Location: 2756 Alvarado Street W-A, San Leandro, CA 94577
    • Phone: (510) 895-0774

Step 4: Vinyl Printer Supplies

Canvas / Vinyl / Specialty Materials


  • Midwest Sign
    • Phone: 800.824.2468
    • Note: Please talk with Shop Staff regarding new materials on the Vinyl Printer. These may require special knife settings or extra attention.

Step 5: Hardware and Shop Supplies

Local Hardware

  • Cole Hardware
    • Materials: they have your basic selection of hardware goods and key copying, nothing exotic
    • Location: 70 4th St San Francisco, CA 94103
    • Phone: (415) 777-4400
    • Note: this is the closest Hardware Store to the Pier!
  • Harrison & Bonini
    • Materials : Variety of screws, bolts, nuts, washers, etc as well as essentials like drill bits
    • Location:1122 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
    • Phone: (415) 861-8300
    • Note: this is an old-school, family-run SF institution. they've seen every type of hardware you can think of.
  • Hida Tool & Hardware
    • Materials: Traditional Japanese hardware store, specializing in fine woodworking supplies and Festool.
    • Location: 1333 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
    • Phone: (510) 524-3700
  • The Home Depot
    • Location: 3838 Hollis Ave Emeryville, CA 94608
    • Phone: (510) 601-9400


Online Hardware Suppliers

  • McMaster-Carr
    • Huge variety of hardware, incredibly fast delivery, downloadable CAD files.
  • Uline
    • cheap, good for bulk orders or things like bins, shelves, cardboard or safety equipment.
  • Grainger
    • Long delivery time.
  • MSC
    • huge selection of tools and some hardware.
  • Amazon
  • Alibaba
    • Everything : Connections to order single or mass produced items.

History and Description of Hardware

Step 6: Paints, Adhesives, Chemicals

Paint

  • City Paints
    • Location: 1088 Howard StreetSan Francisco, CA 94103
    • Phone: (415) 626.1790

Step 7: Niche Websites

3D Printing Websites

Compare 3D Printing Prices at : 3D Printing Price Check

Metal Coating 3D Prints or any other parts

Custom Knife Handle Kits

Metal Coating Parts:

Step 8: Services : Casting, Glass Blowing, Laser Cutting

Local Services


Adams & Chittenden Scientific Glass

  • Location : 2741 Eighth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
  • Phone : 510-843-5277
  • Custom Glass Instruments.

Alexis Pavantos

  • Location : East Bay
  • Phone : (505) 307-9360

Casting Jewelry and metal parts. 3D print to metal casting. Bronze, Silver, Gold.

Douglas and Sturgess

    • Location: Inc.1023 Factory St.Richmond, CA 94801
    • Phone: (415) 896-6283

Step 9: Electronics

Local Electronics

  • Radio Shack
    • Location: 652 Market St San Francisco, CA 94104
    • Phone: (415) 986-1004
  • Al Lasher's Electronics
    • Location: 1734 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703
    • Phone: (510) 843-5915
    • Notes: Located in Berkeley. Lots of options.

Online Electonic Stores

Autodesk Circuits

Design Boards and then order them!

Step 10: Digital Content

All Digital Formats


3D Files

  • 123D Gallery
    • A gallery of designs and 3D Files from the 123D App community.
  • Thingiverse
    • A database of 3D Models, owned by
  • GrabCAD
    • A large database of free and paid models.
  • TurboSquid
    • A large database of free and paid models.

  • McMaster-Carr
    • Download CAD Models of their products to test out their designs.
    • How to : Instructable
  • Misumi
    • Download CAD Models of their Products.
  • IGUS
    • Download CAD Models of their Products.
  • SDP-SI
    • Download CAD Models of their Products.
  • VEXRobotics
    • Download CAD Models of their Products.

Historical Maps

Step 11: Fabric, Art, Moldmaking, Leather

Fabric

  • Britex Fabrics
    • Location: 146 Geary St San Francisco, CA 94108
    • Phone: (415) 392-2910
  • Fabric Outlet
    • Location: 2109 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
    • Phone: (415) 552-4525
  • Discount Fabrics
    • Location 1: 201 11th St. @ Howard, San Francisco:
    • Phone: (415) 671-8231
    • Location 2: Irving St. @ 24th Ave., San Francisco:
    • Phone: (415) 418-7602
    • Location 3: San Pablo Ave. @ Ashby, Berkeley:
    • Phone: (510) 423-0699
  • Narain's Outdoor Sewing & Fabric
    • Location: 1275 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706
    • Notes: For specialty outdoor fabrics and notions (wide selection of plastic and metal clips and strap buckles, for example).

Felt : Online


Art


Mold Making


Leather

Step 12: CNC Shops

CNC Shops

Atlas Contour

  • Laser Cutting : 3,000 Watt Laser cutting. Metal Cutting. 44 X 55 inches.Waterjet/ CNC Router services as well.
  • 1559 Custer Ave., San Francisco, 94124
  • Phone : 415-795-8700

Neal's CNC

  • Rachel McConnell
  • 1424 W. Winton Avenue, Hayward, CA 94545
  • 510-783-3156

Lucid Machine Art

  • 2070 Newcomb Ave. San Francisco, CA 94124
  • (650) 825-5305
  • 5 axis CNC : 60" x 120" x 29"

Machinic

  1. Connected to Lucid Machine Art

Gizmo art production

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